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Payback time

Vendor to reimburse business after writing almost $3,000 in bounced cheques

courtA St Thomas vendor who pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud has been given one month to repay his victim.

Carl Chesterfield McClean, 50, of Lion Castle, admitted to dishonestly obtaining from Caribbean Solutions Limited, a quantity of fruits and vegetables worth $517.50 on July 20, 2011; $700 worth of the produce on October 11, 2013; $650  worth of the produce on March 21, 2014; and another set of fruits and vegetables valued $1,000 on April 17, 2014, by presenting the company with cheques from the Bank of Nova Scotia as payment.

According to the police prosecutor, Sergeant Janice Ifill, Caribbean Solutions Limited on Whitepark Road, St Michael sells wholesale imported fruits and vegetables and accepts cash and cheque payments.

McClean, a self-employed vendor, patronized the company and paid for items via cheque on the four occasions mentioned in the charges.

However, the cheques bounced, and although McClean was contacted on several occasions to settle the matter, he refused to do so.

The matter was reported to the police, and he was later arrested and admitted to committing the offences.

Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant ordered McClean to pay $517.50 in one month or spend six months behind bars at HMP Dodds.

He will also have to pay another $700 in one month or spend six months in jail. McClean has to find an additional $600, again in a month’s time or spend six months behind bars, as well as another $1,000 in the same time and with the same alternative.

If he fails to pay any of the amounts, the prison sentences will run concurrently.

McClean returns to court on December 9 to show the court proof he paid the money.

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